Talk it Out: Is there too much money in Ohio politics?

April 27, 2018

Talk it Out: Is there too much money in Ohio politics?

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Money can boost politicians’ campaigns by spreading their message to television, to mail boxes, on yard signs and even in swag handed out at political and sporting events.

But how much money is too much? Are people tired of turning on their TVs or logging onto Facebook and getting bombarded with political ads -- many of them negative?

Judging from the latest campaign finance reports that political candidates filed Thursday, Ohio politicians are well aware that money is necessary to win:

Republican Mike DeWine bested all gubernatorial candidates in fundraising: He has spent $4.9 million and still has $7.4 million left over. Richard Cordray has led Democratic candidates in fundraising, having spent $1.7 million since January, with $1.6 million cash on hand.

Candidates for the Ohio General Assembly don’t appear to be immune to the pressure to raise money either: The most recent round of campaign finance reports showed hundreds of thousands raised among the two frontrunners to be the next Ohio House speaker.

To pay for the ads, signs and bumper stickers, someone has to write a check. That always leaves the possibility that those who donate get access to politicians that people with less money lack. Is the old adage true that money talks?

On Tuesday, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s interim director Mick Mulvaney told banking executives that when in Congress, he only met with lobbyists if they had contributed to his campaign. (Mulvaney also said that if someone had visited from his home state of South Carolina, he always met with them, regardless of campaign contributions.)

What do you think? Is there too much money in Ohio politics?

Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for a constructive conversation on whether there is too much money in Ohio politics.

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